The Atlanta Hawks just will not quit. Having been down 2-1 in the series, they fell behind early in Game 4 and looked to be headed out. They managed to come back from 18 down, evening up the series at two games apiece and sending it back to Philadelphia. Game 5 was another case of the Hawks’ refusal to give up on their aspirations. Down as many as 26 points on the road, 22 at the half, and 11 with five and a half minutes remaining, the youngsters just wouldn’t go away.
The fourth quarter was where a ton of their damage was done as they made 16 of 22 shots from the field to close the gap. Trae Young led the way by scoring 39 (17 of them came from free throws) while John Collins kicked in with 19. ‘Sweet’ Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari combined for 31 from the bench, too, helping them take a 3-2 series lead back to Atlanta for Game 6. The 109-106 win was aided by a 15-0 run in the devastating last 12 minutes, prompting another unlikely victory. The 76ers saw Joel Embiid post 37 points and Seth Curry drop 36, but none one else contributed more than eight in what could be a decisive loss.